Welcoming TEC Center’s newest member: Dr. Alexis Lauricella

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Please join the team at the  Technology in Early Childhood (TEC) Center at Erikson Institute in welcoming our newest member. Dr. Alexis Lauricella joins Erikson Institute as an Assistant Professor and the TEC Center as Director in September. Our talented team includes Chip Donohue, PhD, Founding Director, Alexis Lauricella, PhD, Director, Tamara Kaldor, MS, Associate Director and Jenna Herdzina, MS, Program Manager.

We’re thrilled to welcome Alexis to the TEC Center. She brings an impressive body of research, publications, presentations and grant writing and management skills that will take the TEC Center to a higher level of influence and impact in the years ahead.
– Dr. Chip Donohue, TEC Center, Founding Director

Dr. Lauricella earned her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology and her Master’s in Public Policy from Georgetown University. Her research focuses on children’s learning from media technology and parents’ and teachers’ attitudes toward and use of media technology with young children. At the TEC Center, Dr. Lauricella’s research will continue to study young children’s learning from technology by examining the impact of STEM media content on children’s direct learning from technology. She is also interested in examining the use of technology tools, like text messaging and apps, to support parents’ STEM engagement with their children and evaluate technology-based curriculum tools to support preschool teachers’ use of STEM in the classroom.

Dr. Lauricella has an impressive list of publications including empirical research articles in Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, Journal of Children and Media, Media Psychology, Journal of Early Adolescence, Journal of Infant Behavior and Development, New Media and Society, Computers and Education, and  Public Health. She has co-authored multiple reports for Northwestern University’s Center on Media and Human Development, as well as for the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent College and Common Sense Media. In 2014 Dr. Lauricella co-authored a chapter, On connecting child development and technology: What the research tells us, in Dr. Chip Donohue’s book, Technology and Digital Media in the Early Years: Tools for Teaching and Learning.

Dr. Lauricella is also the founder of www.PlayLearnParent.com, a website that translates child-development research for parents.

Selected Publications

Lauricella, A. R., Cingel, D. R., & Wartella, E. (2018). Exploring how teens and parents responded to 13 Reasons Why: United States. Evanston, IL: Center on Media and Human Development, Northwestern University.

Lauricella, A. R., Barr, R., & Calvert, S. (2016). Toddler learning from video: Effect of eye gaze and verbal interaction. Journal of Infant Behavior and Development. DOI: 10.1016/j.infbeh.2016.08.001

Blackwell, C, K., Lauricella, A. R., & Wartella, E. (2016). The influence of TPACK contextual factors on educators’ tablet computer use. Computers & Education, 98, 57-69.

Aladé, F., Lauricella, A. R., Beaudoin-Ryan, L., & Wartella, E. (2016). Measuring with Murray: Touchscreen technology and preschoolers’ STEM learning. Computers in Human Behavior, 62, 433-441.

Lauricella, A. R., Wartella, E., & Rideout, V. (2015). Children’s screen time: The role of parent media use. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 36, 11-17.

Blackwell, C. K., Wartella, E., Lauricella, A., & Robb, M. (2015). Technology in the Lives of Educators and Early Childhood Programs: Trends in Access, Use, and Professional Development. Report for the Center on Media and Human Development School of Communication Northwestern University & The Fred Rogers Center.

Hurwitz, L. B., Lauricella, A. R., Hanson, A., Raden, A. & Wartella, E. (2015). Supporting Head Start Parents: Impact of Text Message Intervention on Parent-Child Activity Engagement, Early Childhood Development and Care DOI: 10.1080/03004430.2014.996217.

Connell, S., Lauricella, A. R., & Wartella, E. (2015). Mothers’ and fathers’ co-use of media with young children: A nationally representative survey of parents. Journal of Children and Media, DOI: 10.1080/17482798.2015.997440

Wartella, E., Beaudoin-Ryan, L., Blackwell, C. K., Cingel, D. P., Hurwitz, L. B., & Lauricella, A. R. (2015). What kind of adults will our children become? The impact of growing up in a media-saturated world. Journal of Children and Media. 10.1080/17482798.2015.1124796

Lauricella, A. R., Wartella, E., & Rideout, V. (2015). Children’s screen time: The role of parent media use. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 36, 11-17.

Lauricella, A. R., Barr, R. & Calvert, S. (2014). Parent-child interactions during traditional and computer storybook reading predict children’s story comprehension. International Journal of Child-Computer Interaction. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijcci.2014.07.001

Blackwell, C., Lauricella, A., & Wartella, E. (2014). Factors influencing digital technology use in early childhood education. Computers & Education, 77, 82-90.

Blackwell, C., Lauricella, A., Wartella, E., Robb, M., & Schomburg, R. (2013). Adoption and use of technology in early education: The interplay of extrinsic barriers and teacher attitudes. Computers & Education, 69, 310-319.

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